If you are going to get healthy or stay healthy it’s crucial you understand inflammation and more importantly cellular inflammation and cellular congestion. God did not screw up creating our bodies. Our bodies are amazing in design and function, which means that inflammation is good and necessary for the right situations and for the right length of time. Inflammation is the body’s own healing system at work. It is the body’s intrinsic healing mechanics at work.
Inflammation is the direct result of Trauma. The trauma however can be as significant as a broken arm or as subtle as inflammatory digestive conditions, swollen glands like tonsils. Think of the trauma as something acute like a broken arm or Chronic (cellular toxins). The body responds perfectly every time with inflammation, however it’s the cause of that inflammation that we sometimes are ignorant of, neglect, or just don’t take serious enough. Inflammation should be your body’s perfect response as an isolated event, not a prolonged or chronic condition. We live in a culture with Chronic illness and Chronic degenerative diseases.
The Body’s Normal Reaction inflammation can be necessary at the right time and place, for example if someone twisted their ankle causing trauma to the ligaments in the ankle during a basketball game, the ankle swells due to inflammation, part of the body’s natural healing reaction. Inflammation is the body’s normal reaction to something causing trauma to the organs, tissue and cells. Chronic cellular inflammation can be the cause of disease and creates conditions like asthma, allergies, pain, fibromyalgia etc. Intestinally, you see it in gastric reflux, indigestion, Crohn’s disease, colitis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) etc. These symptoms or diseases are commonly misdiagnosed and usually all have something in common, sensitivity to grains, or have a gluten allergy and have massive amounts of cellular inflammation.
Surprisingly we create trauma to our organs, tissues and cells via the things we ingest. It becomes dangerous to our health when the system of organs, tissues and cells get’s in a cascade of this reactive inflammatory process due to the things we are constantly putting into or on our bodies. Often the more subtle and more life threatening causes of inflammation are those that are silent and brought about by routine habits of:
1. Standard American Diet (S.A.D)
- Processed Foods, Grains
- Food colorings, dyes, additives, fillers
- Pasturized Dairy
- Non-Grass Fed, Lot Fed Meats, growth hormone injected, antibiotic injected, non free range meats
- Pesticides on Fruits and Veggies
3. Cellular Dehydration (lack of water)
5. Lack of sleep
6. Nervous System Interference
Many factors symbiotically affect inflammation in your body, like exercise, health habits, stress, your body mass index, alcohol consumption, toxins and the list continues, but one of the most significant factors that can impact or reduce cellular inflammation and cellular congestion is our dietary choices. You can immediately realize the benefits from reducing inflammation by focusing on your eating. These benefits are healthy and longterm.
Here is a great analogy…Lets say you are driving your car and you look at your dashboard and the “Engine” light is flashing. What are the options here that you could do?
#1 Find an “Engine Light Specialist” that says, that their best recommendation is to remove the Engine Light
#2 Cover up the Engine Light up with a bandaide
#3 Ignore the Engine Light that is flashing
It’s simple…in any of these circumstances if the cause of the condition is not corrected properly what will ultimately happen? You know the answer even if you try to prolong it, you will not get away with it. Stop removing the organs in your bodies or worst yet your children’s bodies that are literally WARNING you that they are being damaged.
Hydrate with H2O Properly = Drink 1/2 Your Weight in ounces of Water Daily
- Example Weight: 160 pounds = 80 ounces of water daily.
- 70-80% of the body and cells are made up of H2O (Water) not Coca-Cola, Milk, or Coffee.
- Roughly 80% of the brain is H2O
Eliminate Omega 6 foods
1. Vegetable, nut, and seed oils found in packaged foods (soy, canola, sunflower, cottonseed, peanut oils, etc) and any hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil.
2. Commercial animal products like pasteurized dairy, red meat, chicken, and non-free range eggs from the grocery store
Eliminate fungal or allergy inducing foods
1. Fungal, acid producing foods to avoid: Alcohol, corn, peanuts, citrus, cashews, pasteurized dairy, wheat, sugar, rye, barley, sorghum, and cottonseed
2. Drastically reduced grains and eliminate fungal grains above ex: wheat (gluten)
1. Watch out for the items that have hidden sugar in them like soups, dressings, ketchup, crackers, etc
Add “REAL GOOD” Foods
1. Alkaline foods like berries, raisins, vegetables, sweet potatoes
2. Omega 3 fats. Good fats to consume (anti-inflammatory fats): Fish oil capsules, flax seeds, extra-virgin olive oil, extra-virgin coconut oil, avocado, walnuts, almonds, almond butter, raw-organic butter, cod-liver oil.
3. Alkaline water from an ionization machine
4. Greens powder for alkalization/anti-inflammatory
100% aloe juice for alkalization/anti-inflammatory
TOP ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS
What cellular congestion means is that the cells of our bodies are literally clogged. There is poor circulation of oxygen and blood; it’s like a river being dammed, until the vein of water dries up and dies. The cell can’t breathe; the cell begins to die. When a cell is forced to rely on something other than oxygen—like sugar, using glucose to survive—you’re creating cancer in your body.
80% of cancers are caused by cellular congestion.
Obviously, then, the functions of the body can’t carry on effectively or properly. This inflammation in the body is the underlying cause of disease and toxicity. When toxins accumulate beyond what the body is capable of handling, our bodies become poisoned. And this, in turn, is toxema: disease reactions, acute crises, inflammation, chronic and degenerative conditions, and ultimately death.
Antioxidants are nutrients, molecules that inhibit the lethal oxidation (the losing of electrons, the reduction of oxygen) of other molecules. Oxidation is the rust on the train tracks, the brownness of an apple after you’ve bitten into it and let it sit; oxidation might sound like poetry, but it kills you a lot faster.
Amongst the best anti-inflammatory foods out there, peppers (chili, jalapenio, cilantro), as do fish oils, turmeric, parsley, onions, garlic, kale, chives—there’s a lot of amazing medicine out there!
Oxidation reactions produce dangerous free radicals in our bodies: a chain reaction of free radicals damages and kills cells. Free radicals also create mutations in your body and even in your DNA—you not only harm yourself, but all your potential offspring. Sucks to be them, right? You’re thinking at a higher level when you’re taking care of yourself also in consideration of the earth’s future generations.
We’ll discuss free radicals in more depth later, but it’s impossible to fully avoid them. They arise from sources both inside (endogenous: metabolism, inflammation, aerobic respiration) and outside (exogenous: pollution, sunlight, X-rays, smoking, alcohol, etc.), wrecking slow or quick havoc on our bodies. Even over-exercising causes free radicals.
(I know, I know… Emmett, you said exercising is healthy! It is. Just like water is. But if you chug water literally nonstop for hours, for days, I can assure you that your body is going to rebel, and you may possibly die. Everything in moderation! Over-exercising is strenuous on your body; have you ever seen Ironman skin—that is, the skin of very hardcore athletes? It’s like leather, exposed to the free radicals of the weather and sun, taut with exhaustion and burning out fast. You have to know how to exercise, without hurting your joints or inflaming your body.)
Here’s the kicker. The biggest source of free radicals today? Sugar.
Antioxidants, therefore, counteract again this demise and terminate these chain reactions by reducing and removing the free radicals in our bodies.
Sugar is our number one source of free radicals.
Antioxidants absorb free radicals. Where can they be found? Pay attention to what you’re eating! Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, especially the colorful ones—those are sure to light up your taste buds! Savor those flavonoids in that rich dark chocolate! Fill up with those delicious berries! In particular, never underestimate the power of herbs and spices. Load up on the turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, oregano!
TOP ANTIOXIDANT FOODS
Antioxidant Foods Burst with Color
You can learn more about the inflammatory nature of each product you are ingesting by finding it’s IF (Inflammatory Factor) Rating located www.nutritiondata.com
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